My opinions echo some that have already been expressed. My Top Three:
|Posted: 04 October 2019 at 8:42am | IP Logged | 1
The best Joker performance, and the voice I "hear" when reading books with the characters, is Mark Hamill's (same goes for Kevin Conroy's Batman).
Live action-wise, I'd have to go with Jack Nicholson. While a bit beefier than his comic and other media counter-parts, they largely (ha.) stuck with the source, looks-wise. The chemically discolored eyes and hair, the face disfigured into a permanent grin, the fashion sense - down to the acidic flower..it's all there. And it's a little more than "Jack just being Jack." Sure, his Joker is mischievous, charismatic, dangerous, and has a sardonic sense of humor -- stuff that Jack can seemingly do in his sleep -- but there's also, at times, an outright goofiness in his portrayal that makes even more effective.
Yes, it's obvious Cesar Romero is wearing make-up. I think we're supposed to believe his Joker is not (except perhaps lipstick?). And yes, his mustache is obvious. But in the world of '66 Batman, often embracing its own artificiality, it kinda fits. Otherwise, he certainly commits to the role. His laugh - loud and scary. His mannerisms - manic and exaggerated. His speech - silly, but almost Shakespearean. He was never boring.
After that, there's a wide gap.
Zach Galifianakis's Joker from THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was fine. I liked it. Didn't love it. Overall, the movie is a lot of fun.
Ledger virtually disappeared into his role. Unfortunately, I feel like much of the Joker disappeared from that role, as well. A different take doesn't automatically mean it's worse, but, in this case, didn't necessarily make it better, either. An over-celebrated version in an over-celebrated movie.
I haven't seen SUICIDE SQUAD. Don't plan to. Ever.
Same with JOKER.
"But how will you know you won't like it if you don't watch it?"
Don't care enough to know. Next.